Bell Meade Plantation

Bell Meade Plantation

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The Gulch Area

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12 South

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The Frothy Monkey

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Broadway, and an amazing cocktail at The Southern. It had a jalapeno in it! Mmmmm

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Yee Haw!!  I had an amazing 4 days in Nashville, and still cant believe that this was my first time visiting. My mother was born and raised in Selmer, TN, therefore I spent weeks during the summer there and still visit about 3 times a year, and it is my favorite place to be. Nashville however, was a bit different from where my mom grew up. There are so many different areas, and a lot of excitement. I met up with 3 girlfriends and it was a great 4 days off girl talk, beauty talk, sun, cocktails, shopping and food!

While I was able to visit the hip areas in Nashville, 12 South was my favorite. There are many boutiques to shop, and the cutest, quaint restaurants to eat and have cocktails, of course. I had breakfast at a small, nook of a restaurant called The Frothy Monkey. They had many options to choose from, and you cant beat $5 for an entire breakfast!! #Bartaco was the perfect spot to eat some chips and salsa, and of course have a (maybe 3) margaritas. #DraperJames is located on this strip, and its the cutest store ever. Reese Witherspoon is the founder of this brand, and its very Southern Belle chic. Serendipity was another adorable boutique where I picked up my TN state pendant.

We toured the Belle Meade Plantation, which has so much history. You can schedule a tour of the actual plantation, and they provide wine tastings throughout the day.  The blue ceilings on the porch caught my eye. Back in the day, in the deep South, people painted their ceilings a ‘Haint” blue color to represent the calming sky, which was also believed to ward off evil spirits called haints. The area surrounding the plantation is so beautiful. I recommend driving around to view the homes and their Southern charm.

Another great little pocket is an area called The Gulch. This is where we discovered Biscuit Love, which was worth the hour long wait. I was able to taste a bloody mary for the first time….yes, my first time….and I could have just had 3 of them for breakfast.

While the girls and I spent a day sunning at the pool, I had to keep applying my sunscreen, but then my girlfriend presented a loose mineral sunscreen powder stick,  which kept her face sunburn free all day!! The brand is Colorescience, and can be purchased at Sephora, or on Amazon. It retails for $57 and is totally worth the age spot free skin!! In addition, I use MAC Lightful tinted cream on my pool days. It gives me light, non streaking coverage and SPF 30 for protection.

Last, but not least, was my visit to the strip on Broadway. This area is busy 24 hours a day, and is considered the party place to be. We ate at 2 great restaurants, The Southern, and Merchant. There are many tourist style shops, and is the perfect place to pick up your cowboy hat & boots if you are lacking them in your wardrobe.